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Doing their bit to save city’s disappearing sparrows

March 6, 2011

Since the age of 11, Alifiya Biviji has enjoyed feeding birds in the garden near her house in Mazagaon. On Sunday, the 14-year-old animal lover, who already cares for two tortoises, hung a bird feeder outside her window hoping to do her bit to save the city’s disappearing sparrows. Biviji was giventhe plastic bird feeder for free by the Burhani Foundation India (BFI), a Dawoodi Bohra community organisation, which launched its Save Our Sparrows (SOS) project on Sunday.

Hoping to help conserve the depleting sparrow population in the country, the Foundation is also aiming to make it to the Guinness Book of World Records by distributing 42,500 bird feeders in 260 centres across the country.

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Bird feeders distributed in Bundi to preserve sparrows

March 6, 2011

Bundi (Rajasthan), Mar 6 (PTI) In a bid to save house sparrows from becoming extinct, a trust concerned about the future of these winged species has released over 300 bird feeders in the district.

The district branch of Bhurhani Foundation (India) has distributed the bird feeders under the project ”Save Our Sparrows” here today.

These bird feeders can be installed easily in gardens, balconies and backyards and would be an easy and functional conservation tool for the common man to save the bird,” district secretary Jakkiuddin Bhora said in a function here.

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Gail Compton: Finches at the feeder

March 6, 2011

Article from Gail Compton

My editor, Fred Whitley, and I often talk of things we’ve seen and share discoveries. Feb. 24, Fred called and described a bird he had seen at his home bird feeder. We compared notes and discovered neither of us could identify the bird. Phone descriptions can be endlessly frustrating so we decided to break discussion off and continue our research independently.

Later, Fred called to announce he had found his bird: a house finch. He sent me to “Whatbird.com” and we both looked at the photos of a finch from the western U.S.

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Enjoy 17th annual Winter Garden Fair at Russell’s Garden Center

March 4, 2011

Everyone is invited to the 17th annual Winter Garden Fair, a weekend of informational booths, food, music, and of course, beautiful plants and flowers.

Fair hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6.

Educational booths this year are engaging and informative. Exhibitors’ diverse displays will include eco-friendly products, bird feeders, gardening tools and supplies, indoor decor and landscape design, and exotic live birds.

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Friday Pulse: Flood Concerns Increase, And A Robin?

March 4, 2011

Good news or bad news first? Okay, the good news…

A large flock of robins were spotted in the trees across from the Wyalusing State Park park office, near the bird feeders. Spring cannot be far behind.

However (cue the bad news music), spring is likely to bring major flooding. The latest predictions give us a 86% chance of a flood comparable to the one in 2001, the second highest in Prairie du Chien history. 1965′s record flood has a 70% chance of being matched this year.

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Northwest hummingbirds brave the snow and cold

March 1, 2011

Anna’s Hummingbird is seen in Washington state throughout the winter. The Seattle Audubon Society offers the following tips for cold weather hummingbird feeding:

1. Do NOT adjust the mix! Keep the mix at 1:4 ratio sugar to water. Nectar concentrations vary greatly among a variety of plants hummingbirds visit, but they are typically low in sugar. Recipes with a higher concentration of sugar do not necessarily benefit hummingbirds because it cannot travel up the grooves of their tongue easily and may also damage kidneys and liver. Though increasing the sugar may help to prevent freezing, our experts recommend staying consistent with a 1:4 mix. White sugar and water only! No honey, brown sugar, maple syrup etc. Pure sucrose is what they need to survive. We do NOT recommend Red dye. A simple recipe of 1 part sugar and 4 parts water, mixed in a pan, bring to a boil, and then remove from heat and cool. You may store extra in the fridge up to two weeks. Clean bird feeder once a week during cold weather more often during warmer weather.

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